Ellen Swallow Richards: “Humanistic Oekologist,” “Applied Sociologist,” and the founding of sociology

  title={Ellen Swallow Richards: “Humanistic Oekologist,” “Applied Sociologist,” and the founding of sociology},
  author={Barbara Richardson},
  journal={The American Sociologist},
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